Chicago, IL — Last year, in only a matter of weeks, the Chicago police were forced to release three videos showing them kill people.
After months of public pressure, the Chicago PD released the dashcam of Laquan McDonald being murdered by officer Jason Van Dyke. Then, only days after that, Chicago police quietly slipped out another video of officer George Hernandez murdering Ronald Johnson, by shooting him in the back as he ran away.
Shortly after that, a video was released from an incident in the Far South Side police lockup which shows officers repeatedly tasering University of Chicago graduate Philip Coleman and then dragging his limp body from the cell. On Monday, the city of Chicago agreed to pay Coleman’s family $4.9 million for the brutal actions of Chicago’s finest which left Coleman dead.
Coleman was not a criminal, but he was experiencing an apparent mental crisis when he began to attack his mother in December of 2012. When police arrested him, Coleman was brought to a hospital where he was given a drug to make him calm down.
According to officials, Coleman’s death was the result of his reaction to that antipsychotic drug, which certainly can kill people. However, an autopsy showed that Coleman experienced ‘severe trauma’ while in custody. His body was covered in bruises and cuts, from the top of his head to his lower legs and there is video showing him being repeatedly tasered.
As the video begins, it shows that the drug was actually working when police came into Coleman’s cell and began their assault. He was merely laying on the bed when the first taser hit. Moments later, his lifeless body is being dragged down the hallway like an animal.
“I do not see how the manner in which Mr. Coleman was physically treated could possibly be acceptable,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in statement, as he pretended to care about police brutality in Chicago.
Emanuel then reiterated that there was no possible way that he died as a result of his brutal beating and being repeatedly tasered, but made sure to make himself look good for his critics. “While the Medical Examiner ruled that Mr. Coleman died accidentally as a result of treatment he received in the hospital, it does not excuse the way he was treated when he was in custody. Something is wrong here — either the actions of the officers who dragged Mr. Coleman, or the policies of the department.”
In December, U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly ruled a Chicago police employee used “brute force” when he dragged Coleman out of his cell and down a police station hallway.
“Kirkland chose to use brute force when it was no longer necessary,” Kennelly wrote in the strongly worded opinion, reports the Chicago Tribune. “Sgt. Walker conceded during his deposition that the officers could have stood Mr. Coleman up and told him to walk. … It is undisputed that Sgt. Walker could have ordered Kirkland not to drag, or to stop dragging, Mr. Coleman and that he chose not to do so.”
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